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"With support from Knight Foundation and our media partners, Mercer will be able to offer the nation's best preparation for future journalists—one that is both skilled in new media and grounded in the liberal arts.  I am also excited because many other Mercer students will be able to take courses through the collaboration and understand the importance of journalism in building community and preserving democratic institutions."
Dr. Lake Lambert, Dean of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts

Digital Media Summer Camp

2013 Camp Awards Dinner

The 2014 Digital Media Summer Camp is June 15-21, 2014—7 days and 6 nights on Mercer's Macon, Ga. campus.

Learn the latest digital tools, with an emphasis on mobile journalism, from “one of the nation’s boldest journalism experiments” (The New York Times). Working with CCJ faculty and leading journalists, you will:

➢ Build mobile apps

➢ Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript

➢ Hone your writing & photography skills

➢ Improve your social media usage

➢ Try your hand at radio & video

➢ Work with professional editors & reporters

For preliminary information on visiting Scotland, see the bottom of this page.

For information on last year's inaugural camp, including testimonials from students, view our 2013 Camp page.

When: June 15-21, 2014. 7 days, 6 nights.

Where: Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Who should attend: Rising 10th-12th graders with an interest in journalism and digital media. (Camp alumni who are graduating seniors are eligible to apply for leadership positions.)

Costs: $650 (regular), $700 (after May 1). However, many students will receive full scholarships to attend for FREE, thanks to CCJ's grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation!

What's included: Tuition, housing (in the new Mercer Lofts with private bedrooms), food, supplies, activities, use of the CCJ Digital Media Lab as well as use of CCJ cameras and audio equipment.

Application: Apply online. No payment is expected until after we notify you of acceptance and scholarship decisions. We may ask for additional information to support the application (including the scholarship request).

Scholarship: Fill out the application above, then provide the following:

  • Two recommendation letters. At least one of these should be from a publication advisor or professional with  exposure to your relevant skills.
  • Samples of relevant work—for example, published newspaper clips, broadcast clips, apps you've built or programming samples. If work was part of a group project, clearly state what you did.
Email this material to, or mail it to: Center for Collaborative Journalism, Attn: Summer Camp, 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207.

Deadlines: Regular deadline is May 1. Late deadline is May 10; no applications will be accepted after May 10. All scholarship applications must be submitted by May 1. Space is limited, and we will accept applicants on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early to maximize your chances of getting accepted and winning a scholarship.

What to bring: A great attitude and a strong work ethic; clothes and toiletries for six days, including clothes appropriate for indoor and outdoor activities in the Georgia summer (a swimming pool is available). Optional: spending money for optional activities, snacks, etc.; an external hard drive. You are welcome to bring your own laptop and equipment; however, CCJ is not responsible for your belongings, and our production software is only available on lab computers.

Expectations: We and your classmates depend upon your full participation. You will need to attend (physically and mentally) all classes and sessions. Missing classes or showing up late repeatedly may result in your being dropped from the program. Complete your assignments on time and seek help when it's needed. Journalists must meet deadlines; so must you. Be professional and respectful. Obey instructors, counselors and other staff; rules are there for the safety and benefit of you and your classmates. Failure to follow rules and exercise basic courtesy may result in your dismissal from the program. Have fun and learn.

Visiting Scotland: We are finalizing details for an optional second week of camp in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Caledonian University is developing media partnerships modeled in part after CCJ, and we are exploring joint programs. The first initiative will be this additional week of camp, where a select group of campers will fly to Scotland to study Scottish media. We will fly to Scotland from Atlanta on June 21 and stay one week. You must attend the main Digital Media Summer Camp in Macon in order to be eligible for the trip to Scotland, but we cannot accommodate all campers. Also, we probably will NOT have funds to help campers with travel. This week of camp will cost over $2,000 (the bulk of that is for airfare). We will send more information to all camp applicants, and post it here, when details are finalized.

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